I’ve been scanning some old family photo albums that recently came into my care. These are two of my great-great-grandmothers, Marion Glencross Bryden and Emma L. Boyer Marsh:
Like a lot of nineteenth-century kids, neither woman grew up knowing her own mother. Marion’s mother Helen Brown died at age 25, just three years after she arrived in America from Scotland. And Emma’s mother, Elizabeth White Boyer, died in England, in childbirth (her tenth, at least). Emma and her siblings crossed the Atlantic together, from teenagers down to three little girls and a baby (Emma was one of the little girls–she stayed close to the others, Lida and Alice, though they were raised in different homes upon arrival).
The picture of Emma is probably from the 1880s, from the context of other photos in the same album; the picture of Marion is taken very late in life, in the 1910s, by Emma’s son, E. Roy Marsh.